Commitment to Inclusion
God is always leaning toward creation-- every dimension of it. Our commitment to inclusion--of every person and all created things--stems from this theological conviction. In recent years, this has looked like special attentiveness toward interfaith dialogue, the LGBTQIA+ community, racial justice, and the disabled community.
Persons with disabilities are integral to the life of our school, and as an institution, we are committed to providing appropriate services to students with disabilities. We work directly with Capital University’s Accessibility Services office to ensure that our students have the necessary support they need to thrive in seminary.
Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ seminary, which means that we welcome, include, and celebrate the lives, callings, and leadership of the LGBTQIA+ community. In doing so, we desire to equip LGBTQIA+ students for Christian ministry and stand as a voice affirming and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community at our school and in our region.
We are committed to listening to, learning from, and following the leadership of wise voices from communities of color-- those who teach and work at Trinity, those who attend and participate in our school’s life, and those in the community at-large. We recognize that not only is there a long way to go on the road to racial justice, but that as individuals and an institution, we have both actively and complicity, knowingly and unknowingly exacerbated racial injustice. Making progress means acknowledging where we are and committing to going forward.
Each spring, we participate in Capital University’s MLK Day of Learning, which features a full-day of events that celebrate and commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and seeks to take steps forward in the journey toward racial justice. Additionally, we host the Nelson W. Trout lectures, which honors and celebrates the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trouth, the first African American elected to serve as a Lutheran bishop, through a series of talks by a leader of African descent. Our whole community also participates in an annual antiracism training.
We cherish our personal religious identities and are a Lutheran institution. We also esteem our neighbors-- those of other faiths and no faith at all. Trinity takes part in interfaith events hosted throughout the year at Capital University and our students take part in classes where they learn about interreligious work.
One especially cherished interfaith conversation at Trinity is with the local Jewish community. In coordination with our Jewish neighbors, Trinity hosts a Kristallnacht Remembrance event each November. Additionally, the Promise for Life sculpture, which commemorates the Holocaust, is prominently featured on Trinity’s campus. It sits in the courtyard near the interaction of East Main Street and College Avenue.